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The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources is managed by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), Comillas Pontifical University, through ICADE Business School.
This Master's Degree program responds to a growing demand by organizations and companies that consider their human capital to be their most valuable, and often most irreplaceable, asset. Managing people, and more specifically, the management of talent, thus becomes a strategic and crucial matter that is directly linked to results in Business and Finance.
Development and Management of professional careers from start to finish
This Master's Degree enables students to develop professional skills and abilities in Human Resource Management, both in detecting, attracting and developing talent as well as in compensation / benefits systems and in the legal and labor relations fields, in addition to providing a wide range of knowledge on the main functions of a company, and the technologies applied to the Management of People Analytics. Therefore, it facilitates access to job opportunities in People Analytics Departments, Human Resources Consultancies, Communication Departments, Corporate Social Responsibility Departments, Labor Departments, and Departments of Compensation and Benefits. Training in Data Processing and Analytics can be complemented with the completion of the "Executive Program in Business Analytics".
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"These studies will allow you to develop your talents to the fullest and respond perfectly to the needs of the market, given their international perspective."
"This degree provides an excellent education and training, which provide the foundation to develop a successful professional career in an area in high demand at companies."
"It has allowed me to specialize in a booming sector with many job opportunities."
Percentage of students who carry out internships in the area in which they have specialized.
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Percentage of Professors who are Currently CEO's, Managing Directors or Human Resources Directors
Advance your professional career with this Master’s Degree
Aurora García Professor at Comillas ICADE
Human Resources Consultant
Compensation and Benefits Specialist
Visit the Faculty. A visit to the Business School is not mandatory, but potential candidates are encouraged to learn about the University Schools and Faculties, see the facilities, and obtain additional information.
Apply for admission. Once candidates have decided on the Master's Degree in which they are interested, they should fill out the application form on-line, and then hand in the documents required at the General Registrar's Office at the University (please see the Profile for Admission for Candidates of the Degree). Once the application form has been received, and during the period during which documents are being submitted, the management team for the Master's Degree will contact candidates by means of a letter of welcome and invitation to take the entrance exams on a specific date in the following weeks.
If you wish, you may apply for grants and scholarships from the University at the same time as applying for admission.
Process for Admission to the Degree. The final decision on admission to the program is made by taking into account a series of exams which will verify, among other abilities, analytical skills, oral and written expression, and the level of knowledge of English. The exams and the weighting of each aspect to be evaluated are as follows:
• 50% - Academic record of previous studies (25%), and English exam (25%)
• 25% - Written expression, in a composition of personal reflection (15%), and Excel exam 10%
• 25% - Personal interview (with the Director and/or Program Coordinator) and professional experience or internships carried out previously.
After completing the entrance exams, and at their earliest convenience, candidates must hand in the final documents that are required to be admitted to the Master's Degree Program. Please see the note containing information in the section on Profile for Admission for Candidates of the Degree.
Communication and Legal Requirements for Access to the University. The management team for the program, based on the exams submitted by candidates, will issue a report declaring whether candidates are eligible or not for acceptance to the program. Decisions on admission to the program are the responsibility of the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Director of ICADE Business School.
Finalizing the Admissions Process. Once admitted, students must finalize the registration process. This procedure is initiated on the web page, but it is necessary to present the registration form and hand in the additional documents in person at the General Registrar's Office at the University.
Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation
Profile for Applicants and Candidates for the Degree:
The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources is aimed at University graduates and degree-holders with little or no previous work experience who, regardless of their field of studies, would like to direct their careers toward the management of people.
Students who are interested in pursuing this career must have aptitudes for, among other aspects, the following skills, abilities and interests:
· Interest in Other People. Interpersonal relations are the key element of Human Resources Departments. Being aware of the needs and interests of colleagues and collaborators is the cornerstone of human capital management.
· Social Skills, Oral and Written Communication. Effective communication with others should be one of the basic working stills: active listening, respect for the dignity of others, persuasive powers, and the ability to effectively communicate information, both orally and in writing, represent some of these skills.
· Interest in the Business and Corporative World. Students should understand that in any work relationship employees must take on the responsibility of ensuring the success of the Business, as well as promoting customer satisfaction, as two of their main objectives.
· Interest in Management, Leadership and Team-Building.
The Human Resourses Department in any organization must facilitate the carrying out of processes and tasks, and ensure that work-related tasks are completed by others. Persuasion, leadership, a suitable working environment and favoring efficient team management are necessary means to achieve this end.
· Ability to Analyze and Interpret. The activities of Human Resources Management require the incorporation of technological tools into the workplace that support the most common decision-making processes. The interpretation and analysis of the data provided by these tools is an added value to the activity of any company.
Requirements for Application to the Degree.
It is an essential requirement to be in possession of, or justify that candidates will be awarded, before enrolling, a Bachelor's Degree, “Diplomatura” (University Degree Diploma), Undergraduate Degree, Engineering Degree, Degree in Technical Engineering, Architecture, Technical Architecture or their equivalent in other countries (in the latter case, if the diploma is in another language, it must be translated into Spanish by a sworn legal translator).
Information notice on the documents to be submitted
|Organizational context||5.0 ECTS|
|Corporate social responsibility and corporate culture||4.0 ECTS|
|HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT|
|Performance Evaluation||6.0 ECTS|
|People Management||5.0 ECTS|
|Tools for HR management||5.0 ECTS|
|International HR||4.0 ECTS|
|LABOR RELATIONS MANAGEMENT|
|Negotiation and payroll||5.0 ECTS|
|Comparative employment law||6.0 ECTS|
|Leadership and people management||6.0 ECTS|
|Chance'u, Self-discovery program for job market placement and professional development||4.0 ECTS|
|External Internship||20.0 ECTS|
|Final Master´s Degree Project||6.0 ECTS|
At the end of the Master's Degree, students will have the possibility of:
- Carrying out part of their studies or participating in "Summer School" at other prestigious Universities and International Business Schools.
- Participating in one of the Professional Development Courses of the Inside Comillas Programs.
A1 - Establishing goals, identifying necessary resources, planning required activities and assessing own progress and performance.
A2 - Managing information efficiently, obtaining it either from secondary sources (scientific or expert literature, as well as other relevant documentary sources) and primary sources, i.e. from other persons.
A3 - Preparing verbal and written reports and meaningful audiovisual presentations.
A4 - Being capable of cooperating with other persons for a common goal, being at the same time capable of leading or steering teams when required by the situation.
A5 - Being capable of selecting the most appropriate strategy to address a particular problem or problems based on an assessment of a specific professional situation and considering the available resources and own competences.
A6 - Having the necessary competences for establishing and maintaining relationships with other professionals, both from the same area and from any other area.
A7 - Updating and developing their own competences (knowledge and skills) in consonance with the changes in their professional area and the industry standard and requirements, as well as national laws and international regulations.
A8 - Identifying the ethical side of any corporate activity, considering the outlook and interests of the different stakeholders and guaranteeing respect of ethical principles in decision making.
A9 - Developing efficient two-way communications, considering the needs and intentions of others.
A10 - Developing creative thinking and acting skills, looking for a new way of doing things.
B1 -Being able of analysing corporate reality as a complex, interrelated whole.
B2 - Knowing what is strategic business management and being able to analyse, design and improve its application.
B3 - Understanding the relationship between the Company Strategy and the different Organizational Structure, including different Organizational Bodies, as well as main Processes in the company.
B4 - Knowing current characteristics of Human Resources Departments in organizations, and being able to analyse the human dimension in business activities.
B5 - Strategically planning the different Human Resources policies in an organization depending on a corporate strategy decided by Senior Management, and in this way contributing to achievement of established objectives.
B6 - Knowing the main functions of Human Resources, identifying the key issues that concern HR managers in companies today.
B7 - Being able to design the most appropriate structure to achieve the company's goals.
B8 - Knowing and being able to apply the most widely known and used HR Management System in most national and transnational companies: the Competences Management System.
B9 - Acknowledging the fundamental role of an appropriate recruiting and selection for the global success of an organization.
B10 - Being aware of the pivotal role of employee training to achieve the objectives of an organization.
B11 - Knowing the benefits of performance management both for organizations and for employees themselves.
B12 - Being capable of assessing employee potential and designing their professional career within an organisation in order to foster their development and as cornerstone for decision making in Human Resources.
B13 - Being aware of the pivotal role of communication for good functioning of any type of organization.
B14 - Being aware of the organizational environment and culture with regard to employee performance and well-being.
B15 - Acknowledging the role of new technologies in current organization and their influence in people.
B16 - Knowing the importance of continuously carrying out different studies within the organization in order to collect all possible information regarding the persons working in them and this being able to make decision based on real data.
B17 - Understanding the need of incorporating Knowledge Management to today's corporate environment.
B18 - Acknowledging the need to appropriately manage diversity within the organization.
B19 - Knowing labour regulation, analysing in general terms any provisions regulating this issue.
B20 - Knowing the most significant aspects in collective bargaining.
B21 - Knowing the importance of adopting a preventive approach regarding health and safety of employees.
B22 - Acquiring awareness regarding the importance of the process of termination of employment.
B23 - Acquiring basic technical, legal and human knowledge concerning salary structure of any organization.
B24 - Knowing and analysing personal and team management competences which all managers should acquire.
B25 - Being aware of the importance of project-based dynamics in today's organization.
B26 - Knowing the pivotal role of benchmarking on current corporate and professional environments.
B27 - Being capable of choosing which projects to pursue and being capable of developing them professionally.
B28 - Being familiar with professional practice, independently of whether it is carried out for the owner of a small business or in the framework of a larger public or private organization, including any financial, operational and employee-related aspect.
The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources provides appropriate competences so that our students are capable of developing work in the areas of human capital management, either in the field of employee assessment and recruitment, training, and career development and management, as well as in the area of labour relations and other more legal-inclined areas. Therefore, the students have the opportunity to work in Human Resources Departments, Human Resources Consultancies, Communication Departments, Corporate Social Responsibility Departments, Labour Departments and Remuneration and Benefit Departments.
For more information regarding which which companies offer internship position for our students, please refer to the Practicum. Some of the students that completed the programme on the last two year are working on the following companies: Elecnor, Carrefour, Ineco, Page Personnel, Ferrovial, Santalucía Seguros, Deloitte, Simumak, Lee Hecht Harrison Spain, Kipking, Quirónsalud, Mango, Accenture, Tarami SL, UST Global España, Heineken, Fundación Siembra, AstraZeneca, Llorente & Cuenca, La Liga, Grupo Norte, Celicioso, Hay Group, Bridgestone, Vodafone, Carlson Wagonlit, Electrolux, People Expert, MV Executive Searchm, Grupo Valor, Visma, Pagegroup, Catenon, Leroy Merlin, Inteligencia Sistémica 4, Spencer Stuart, Michael Page, Amaris, Uría Menéndez, Grupo CIMD, Hays, Scania, BBVA, Minsait, Activa Advice, Aplica EST, Ikos Consulting y El Ganso.
Likewise the Official Master's Degree in Human Resources is a pathway onto the official doctorate programme, in line with that stipulated in Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January which regulates official doctorate teachings.
The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources comprises a total of 90 ECTS (European Credits), distributed over two academic years.
The program offers a structure in line with the training traditionally offered by our Faculties and by ICADE Business School. It includes knowledge in Business Administration, Law, Psychology, and Sociology, with a view to the comprehensive training of future Directors of Human Resources.
20-21 General Academic Calendar of the University
MURH Timetable and Calendar
Courses in the Master's Degree Program
The Official Master's Degree in Human Resources has a total of 90 ECTS (European Credits). The Study Plan is developed throughout 15 courses that are taught from October 2020 to March 2022